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03-28-23, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2,216
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Posted By smasha

RD-M5120 is working well with this setup, on...

RD-M5120 is working well with this setup, on another bike. Specs say 2x, but no problems at all with a 3x.

If I could find a 3x9 crankset with a 20 or 22T low gear, I'd consider that, but the...
03-14-23, 07:52 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

I intend to stay within the 18kg rated limit of...

I intend to stay within the 18kg rated limit of the rack (9kg per side), if that's what you mean by not overloading it.

I ride Schwalbe Marathons, so flats are rare, and I have the gear and...
03-14-23, 07:04 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

Maybe this is a viable (safe) solution, using the...

Maybe this is a viable (safe) solution, using the Escape/ Cross City fork?

This was mentioned previously, but I just now got a chance to mock it up. I'd probably use a nylock nut, and all...
03-14-23, 06:42 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

Because I like aluminium bikes. For how/where I...

Because I like aluminium bikes. For how/where I ride, they appeal to me more than steel or carbon fibre,

If I had $5-10k to spend on a commuter/city bike, I'd seriously consider titanium. Of...
03-13-23, 07:30 PM
Replies: 2,216
Views: 855,627
Posted By smasha

As I expected, a new FX2 fork is about the same...

As I expected, a new FX2 fork is about the same price as a used FX2, and won't be available for a couple of months. This is pushing me towards just looking for a used FX2.

Maybe my next bike will...
03-02-23, 11:58 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 62,670
Posted By smasha

While I don't want to hijack this thread about...

While I don't want to hijack this thread about the front-rack compatibility, this update from Giant seems worth sharing here. It kind of leaves me SOL. Seems like the front-racks are only properly...
02-25-23, 05:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

Compatible with the following models: ...

Compatible with the following models:

Toughroad- 2016+
AnyRoad (Alloy version only)- 2017+
Escape series (With alloy fork only) 2017+



There's this review, from 4 years ago, on that...
02-25-23, 05:34 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

I've got one of those racks, from another bike...

I've got one of those racks, from another bike (2022 model). Unless they have a special hardware kit for this fork (which I doubt), that rack is unimpressive (to be kind). In particular, the two...
02-25-23, 02:00 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 62,670
Posted By smasha

I don't want to hijack this thread because of a...

I don't want to hijack this thread because of a poorly thought out fork eyelet. We can continue that discussion in Bicycle Mechanics -...
02-24-23, 11:06 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

Here, we can see that the eyelet face is not just...

Here, we can see that the eyelet face is not just angled, it's curved. Nothing but Silly-Putty is going to sit flush with it.

...
02-24-23, 08:06 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,788
Posted By smasha

2022 Giant, it has lawyer-lips. This picture...

2022 Giant, it has lawyer-lips.

This picture shows more of the surrounding area -
...
02-24-23, 08:03 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 62,670
Posted By smasha

Yes, that's the hole, but it's threaded, and not...

Yes, that's the hole, but it's threaded, and not a drainage hole.

Manufacturer describes the fork as: “Alloy, rack mount, disc”

Close up showing threads -
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09-28-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

Sure, thieves will break a dollar-store lock to...

Sure, thieves will break a dollar-store lock to steal a crappy bike; I've previously stated that.

Will they break a good lock (properly used) to steal a beater-bike? Anecdotally, I don't know of...
09-27-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

Finally, someone sharing ideas and explaining...

Finally, someone sharing ideas and explaining why, rather than just complaining that they're offended by the idea of "defiling" the aesthetics of a new commuter bike.

OK... So maybe just a little...
09-27-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

1- If they want to do that, then it wouldn't make...

1- If they want to do that, then it wouldn't make an ugly-bike any more of a target. Any bike that's not locked as well as mine is an easier/ more attractive target. I'm not trying to rely on ugly;...
09-27-22, 12:21 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

If I want to buy a piece of art, I'll buy a piece...

If I want to buy a piece of art, I'll buy a piece of art.

I'm not buying a new bike to appreciate its aesthetics, I'm buying a new bike to get from point-A to point-B. When I'm not riding it, it...
09-25-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

I do make my bikes hard to steal. I'm...

I do make my bikes hard to steal.

I'm thinking that if it's hard to steal *AND* ostensibly looks like a turd, it's safer.

Kind of the middle ground here is making it hard to steal and (ugly)...
09-25-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,523
Posted By smasha

And when I use and enjoy the commuter bike to get...

And when I use and enjoy the commuter bike to get where I'm going, and I have to lock it up outside for a few hours...?

In case it's not clear: I'd rather have a bike that's aesthetically "ugly"...
Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 03:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,587
Posted By smasha

Wow, that thing looks like a roll-cage for the...

Wow, that thing looks like a roll-cage for the front wheel.

I'm not seeing the net weight listed anywhere, but I'm wondering if that might be about the same weight as a steel rack like the Tubus...
01-15-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,379
Posted By smasha

My guess is that they've got however many...

My guess is that they've got however many forks/frames at the factory that they need to get through, before the re-tool from QR to thru-axle. I'm wondering if the lack of published spec might...
12-06-11, 05:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,634
Posted By smasha

http://www.xenasecurity.com/product/motorbikes/ala...

http://www.xenasecurity.com/product/motorbikes/alarm/showall/
http://www.xenasecurity.com/product/bullett/main/showall/

i've thought about alarms, and the xena alarms seem to be tops.
Forum: Commuting
05-10-11, 04:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 54,933
Posted By smasha

one of the things i like about the marathons...

one of the things i like about the marathons (i've got "regular" marathons, not plus) is the reflective sidewall. very nice feature anywhere there's motor vehicle traffic in the dark. i'm not sure if...
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